05/09/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Well, we certainly started the new season with a bang last week. Our Open Evening was very well attended and there was a real buzz in the room. Even better, we had nine guests attend who had a very strong interest in Bromsgrove Photographic Society. We seem certain to pick up some new members from this evening. Many thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the evening a success – there was a lot of work involved in setting up and taking down at the end.

This week, we have our first Members Night of the year. We will make use of this night to look at the year ahead – both our main events and the early sessions. We will also take an opportunity to look back – due to coronavirus we were unable to hold our traditional Awards night last year. We plan to make these awards at the meeting this week. So, if you were placed in any of last year’s competitions, then now is the time to collect your recognition.

In addition to our main meeting this week, we are hoping to run our first Early Session of the year at 7-00 pm.There is a small doubt about this and we may be unable to do this as planned. We will get confirmation to you by Monday evening. For anyone who would prefer not to attend our physical meetings at this stage, we also intend to make the early session and main meeting available on Zoom. This will be the first time that we have tried this, so fingers crossed that the gremlins will stay away. A Zoom invite to members will follow in due course.

On the subject of membership, now is the time to get those membership forms to our Treasurer. You have all come to recognise the benefits of your membership, and we always strive to give you maximum value within our society.

Finally, you will be pleased to hear that the plans for our exhibition at Bromsgrove Library are coming together nicely. We have a small sub-committee organising the event which is scheduled to start on 15th September. The prints have been selected – we had submissions from 32 members – a tremendous achievement for our society. We have also selected at least one print from everyone who submitted their work. We will have at least 50 prints on display – the final number will be decided by hanging space when we get full access to the display boards. This promises to be a great promotion for us.

I hope to see you all on Tuesday.

Best wishes

David

22/08/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Excuse my brevity, but I am in a state of very pleasant weariness – an excellent family camp weekend in Pembrokeshire followed by the usual Bank Holiday journey on the return.

It’s a big night this Tuesday, when we return to Avoncroft Arts Centre after nearly 18 months. It’s a chance to reacquaint yourself with everything that our excellent society offers, alongside rekindling old and forging new relationships. We are open to visitors so please feel free to bring along a friend or relation who you feel could benefit from the experience that we offer. If that’s not enough, we are also providing free refreshments – you really cannot miss out on that.

I have previously outlined the Covid requirements that we would request that all attendees observe. Above all, our main request is respect for the feelings of others – whether it be social distancing, mask wearing, etc.

Our Society has gone from strength to strength for many years now and this season will be no exception.

Best wishes

David

22/08/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We held our High Street promotion in Bromsgrove Market on a very soggy Saturday. Understandably, footfall was light on the ground but we had several members of the public who showed great interest in our Society. I have no doubt that we will see a number of new faces at our Open Evening. Many thanks to the many members who supported us on the day and participated in setting up and dismantling our display

We also took the opportunity to launch our 2022 Bromsgrove Photographic Society Calendar. This contains some stunning nature images from 12 of our members and would be the perfect addition to someone’s wall in 2022. We have already sold a number of calendars to the general public and it is now available to BPS members. These will be on sale at our forthcoming meetings at a price of £7 each or £12 for 2. If you, or any of your friends would like a copy beforehand, then please contact me.

Our Open Evening takes place at Avoncroft Arts Centre on 31 August at 8-00 pm. We will be displaying our work through prints and a PDI display, alongside a range of our studio and other equipment. We will also run our popular sales table of photography related items. It will be a good chance to introduce prospective new members to the benefit of joining Bromsgrove Photographic Society.

We have our final Summer outing this week to Tardebigge Church and canal. The light fades quickly at this time of year but fingers crossed for a good sunset over Bromsgrove.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

15/08/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

This is an exciting time of the year for Bromsgrove Ps. There is so much happening at the minute.

Our new season will get started on 31 August with an Open Night. We are actively making our final decisions as to how our meetings will operate at Avoncroft under coronavirus conditions, and as to how these meetings can be made available to members who would prefer not to attend. We have a committee meeting on Monday of this week and we will update you with our decisions after that.

We are currently planning an extensive calendar of early sessions before the meetings for the purpose of improving the skills of all our photographers – mainly (but not exclusively) for our more novice members. Further details will follow soon.

We are running our High Street promotion on Saturday 21 August. We will be there from 9-30 to 4-30 including setting up and dismantling. If you are available to help even for a couple of hours at any time, then please let me know. The exact location is still to be confirmed.

We have updated the shop front display in the High Street. Our new stands have been removed as these are needed for the Saturday event, and the start of our new season. There are new display posters in the window.

We are likely to be having a display in Bromsgrove Library. More information will follow.

It’s a great time to be a member of this wonderful society and we have a lot to look forward to in the new season.

I hope to see you all at our canal walk on Tuesday evening.

Best wishes

David

08/08/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We are rapidly approaching the start of our new season. The overall coronavirus situation continues to improve and – barring any unforeseen circumstances – we are aiming to return to Avoncroft for our meetings. We will be taking all necessary steps to ensure that members feel comfortable with returning to the hall. In addition, we will be looking at ways to make our meetings available to members who do not feel comfortable with returning at this stage. Whilst the past 17 months has been difficult for everyone, Bromsgrove PS has provided a blend of support and entertainment for all. We aim to carry this into the new season whilst we adapt to the changes that will take place.

Most of you will be aware that we have had a regular Saturday in August when we make use of one of the market stalls in the High Street bto promote our society. Indeed, many of you will have made the decision to join us following this point of contact. Obviously, we were unable to do this last year, but we will be returning this year on Saturday 21 August. We are likely to be there from 10-00 to 4-00pm. We are always grateful for moral support on the day, along with help setting up and dismantling the displays at both ends of the day. I will send out final details next weekend.

Some  more good news – the Photography Show returns to the NEC 18 to 22 September. It’s a great chance to handle some new gear, make some discoveries and reconnect with old acquaintances. I’m going on Saturday 18th and hope to see some of you there.

This Tuesday we will meet at Arrow Valley, Redditch – a good opportunity for nature, sailing if we are lucky, people shots and even a sunset if the conditions are good. I hope to see you all then.

Best wishes

David

25/07/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We had a very successful Tuesday night at Hanbury Church last Tuesday. Most of the graveyard had been allowed to grow wild with grasses and wildflowers. There was an abundance of butterflies, moths, grasshoppers, beetles and much more besides.

This week we will be meeting in Bewdley so let’s hope that the weather stays fair for that.

Obviously, our new season is not many weeks away now. Your committee will make a decision in the next couple of weeks with regard to how we will run our meetings in the coming season. We are keeping a close eye on how things develop with regards to the COVID situation. You feedback and comments are always welcome and if anyone would like to make their opinions known to me – in total confidence – then I would be very grateful to receive them.

On that subject, we have heard the sad news that Studley Photographic Society has been disbanded as a result of the coronavirus impact on their meetings. Let us hope that no other societies suffer the same problem. There is no doubt that your committee have had to make some very difficult decisions over the last 15months. It appears that we will come through these problems stronger than ever.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David

18/07/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

I hope you are all enjoying the hot weather, it is usually a case of making the best of it whilst we can.

I just need to clear up some confusion that arose at our outing to Harvington Hall last Tuesday. It was initially announced that we would be meeting in Bewdley this week – Tuesday 20 July – this is not the case as we will be meeting at Hanbury church on that date. Bewdley will be on 27 July. The following week (3 August) we will be having an Indian meal at Dine India in Catshill – so please get your names to Mike Norton if you would like to join us for that.

Harvington Hall was one of the best attended Tuesday summer outings that I have been to. The weather was kind and we were entertained by a choir rehearsing in the grounds of the hall.  The pesky dragonflies and damselflies would not stay still, but I know that some members got some great shots.

See you all Tuesday

Best wishes

David

11/07/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Summer can be a challenging time to get our best images. Days of strong sunshine can lead to contrasty images especially during the middle of the day – usually not ideal. Also, if you’re someone who likes nice moody early morning shots, you have to set your alarm very early. It really has to be a case of taking your opportunities. Changeable weather conditions often lead to some lovely light. The quality of light after the rain is often second to none, so grab your camera, even if it is wet underfoot.

Talking of changing weather – we had a wet start to our outing on Bromsgrove last Tuesday. We started by huddling under a shelter, but this led to the opportunity to get some reflections on wet pavements, plus some moody shots up by the church.

This week we will get to the ever popular Harvington Hall and church. A good chance for architecture, reflections, nature and textures. I hope to see you all on Tuesday at 7-00pm

Best wishes

David

04/07/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

Please excuse the brevity.

The weather has been kind for our outings recently. We had a pleasant wander in Alcester last week and the prospect of a good night in Bromsgrove this week.  I have also heard that there was a good outing to Tewksbury yesterday. We have definitely got our appetite back for outdoor photography. 

Best wishes 

David 

27/06/2021 Vocal Point

Hi all

We may be competing with the football but our Tuesday evenings are proving to be a hit. The portrait evening at Avoncroft Walled Garden was well attended. The mentoring scheme worked well and it was a chance to learn more about Depth of Field, camera metering, differential focusing and much more. Our main goal is to take people away from using the automatic setting on their camera – we’ll get there one click at a time.

This week we will be in Alcester Town centre – a pretty little town with old period buildings. This is always a popular evening and if you are into football, the big match is an early kick-off, so you can still be there.

I hope you are all getting a chance to stock up on your images again. It has been a difficult 15 months but we can be optimistic that the worst is behind us.

See you all on Tuesday

Best wishes

David